Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Learning & Community
Yorkshire Sculpture Park is an international centre for modern and contemporary sculpture that sets out to challenge, inspire, inform and delight.
Changing exhibitions and projects are sited in 500 acres of historic gardens and parkland, five indoor galleries and an award-winning visitor centre.
This stunning setting brings together art and nature for everyone to discover and enjoy.
Summer: 10am-6pm Centre, Shop, Restaurant + Galleries 10-5pm.
Winter: 10am-5pm Centre, Shop, Restaurant + Galleries 10-4pm.
Closed: 24+25 December
Admission free / Parking charges apply
YSP is a charity. Your parking fee supports everything we do.
Mobility Scooters are available on free loan. Call 01924 832631 to reserve a scooter.
YSP has eight distinct outdoor 'gallery' spaces located in the 500 acre Bretton Estate. Designed in the 18th and 19th centuries, this varied landscape is a rich environment for some of the best modern and contemporary sculpture created by international artists. YSP presents changing special exhibitions and individual works by eminent artists all year round, so there are always at least 40 sculptures on display in the landscape.
Temporary indoor exhibitions take place in the Underground Gallery, Bothy Gallery, Garden Gallery and Longside Gallery.
Key artists and exhibits
- Henry Moore
- Barbara Hepworth
- Anthony Caro
- Elisabeth Frink
- Sol LeWitt
- Antony Gormley
- Sophie Ryder
- Winter and Horbelt
- Andy Goldsworthy
- James Turrell
- 1 January — 31 December 2014 *on now
Coinciding with Uncommon Ground: Land Art in Britain 1966 – 1979, David Nash returns to YSP in 2014 following his major 2010 exhibition at the Park.
Two contrasting works, White Planting and Black Dome, overlook the Park’s historic lakes demonstrating the artist’s eloquent understanding of trees and the different properties of wood. Echoing Nash’s famous Ash Dome, planted in 1977, White Planting comprises 49 Himalayan birch trees, which, planted in seven rows of seven, will grow to form a white cube on the lake’s embankment. Referencing the natural cycle of wood, Black Dome is made from coal and charred oak.
The work complements Nash’s site specific Seventy-one Steps, a commission on the walking route to Longside Gallery.
Ursula von Rydingsvard
- 5 April 2014 — 4 January 2015 *on now
The first large-scale survey in Europe by highly acclaimed American artist Ursula von Rydingsvard opens at YSP on 5 April 2014. The exhibition, which is the artist’s most extensive to date, illustrates the full scope of von Rydingsvard’s diverse practice, including more than 40 works of drawing and sculpture made over the last two decades, presented in YSP’s purpose-built Underground Gallery and the open air.
- 24 May — 7 September 2014 *on now
Bristol-based illustrator Tom Frost takes inspiration from YSP in 2014 to create new work including limited edition screen prints, ceramics and homeware, inspired by the Park’s historic landscape and wildlife, all of which is available to buy. Frost studied illustration at Falmouth College of Art, graduating in 2001. His work is inspired by his passion for old matchboxes, vintage tin toys, folk art, children’s books and stamps.
- 19 July — 2 November 2014 *on now
YSP presents a new and major commission by 2002 Turner Prize-nominee Fiona Banner. The exhibition in YSP’s Longside Gallery, follows Banner’s 2010 Tate Britain commission Harrier and Jaguar, an installation of two fighter jets, and extends her enquiry into machines of war. With a related installation and film, the project enables a timely consideration of this important artist’s career.
- 15 November 2014 — 22 February 2015
A solo exhibition featuring new work by illustrator Emily Sutton takes over
the YSP Centre throughout winter 2014.
Since graduating from Edinburgh College of Art in 2008 Sutton has completed two books for the Victoria & Albert Museum and undertaken commissions for Faber and Faber, Penguin, Random House and Betty’s of Harrogate. She won the Best British Pattern award at 2011 Elle Decoration British Design Awards.
- 6 September 2014 11am-12pm
Here at YSP we are dedicated to the restoration and preservation of our historic landscape and nature reserves. Part of this dedication is passing on our knowledge and passion for wildlife. YSP Wild is a new project designed to promote learning and discovery at the Park through the interpretation of the flora and fauna found here.
- Any age
Dry Stone Walling
- 11 — 13 September 2014
Join Master Craftsman Nigel Goody to learn the basics of the art of dry stone walling. Daily taster sessions will provide the opportunity to gain an introduction and practical insight into the traditional skill of dry stone walling. Consecutive days can be booked to develop your experience and knowledge.
Heritage Open Days 2014: Young Explorers Heritage Fun Trail
- 13 — 14 September 2014
To celebrate Heritage Open Days 2014, an annual celebration of England's architecture and culture, take the self-guided trail around the YSP lakes and woodlands to become a young explorer, discovering the historical stories and wildlife that surround them. No need to book, drop in and pick up a leaflet from the YSP Centre to take part and for your chance to win a Young Explorers goody bag and free return family visit to YSP, including £20 meal voucher and free parking.
Please refer to the Heritage Open Days website for booking details and timings.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s new team of Heritage Volunteers will be leading free, guided heritage tours around the YSP landscape at weekends from February. Tours will take visitors from the YSP Visitor Centre, into the fascinating, historical landscape, and will explore the stories that have defined the area over the last one thousand years.
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How to obtain
Tours are free and start at 2:00pm on the Visitor Centre concourse
Artist-led group activities
Over many years YSP has organised and developed a range of artist-led activities aimed at providing an enhanced focus and stimulus for visiting pupils and students. Activities are available for groups of all ages and abilities and include; workshop/study days, guided tours, slide talks and lectures, and Inset/professional training days. All activities can provide a general introduction to sculpture or can be tailored to meet individual group interests.
How to obtain
All visits must be booked with YSP Education. For visits for artist-led activities please book well in advance to avoid disappointment. For further information on activities, costs, and availability please contact Education on 01924 830642.
Education Resource Packs
In addition to free information, YSP Education offers Resource packs to assist teachers and groups leaders in planning visits to YSP or for work in school. The Education Resource Pack (£10+VAT) includes supporting material exploring the outdoor collection, Access Sculpture Trail and other areas. The Curriculum Resource Pack (£5+VAT) provides support for QCA guidelines which can be used for long-distance learning and work in schools as well as for visits to YSP.
How to obtain
For free information or to order Education resource pack please contact Education on 01924 830642